Born and raised in Darwin, Dr Dev Tilakaratne relocated to Townsville to complete James Cook University’s (JCU) Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) degree, in which rural, remote, Indigenous and tropical perspectives flavoured all aspects of the course.
After gaining experience as a doctor at Royal Darwin Hospital and contributing to research at Menzies School of Health Research, NT , Dr Tilakaratne moved to Adelaide for specialist training in Dermatology, during which time he gained experience at Royal Adelaide Hospital, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, The Women’s and Children’s Hospital, and Flinders Medical Centre. Dr. Tilakaratne was awarded Fellow of the Australasian College of Dermatologists (FACD) in 2016.
From an academic perspective, Dr. Tilakaratne has presented at State and National meetings of the Australasian College of Dermatologists and Australasian Dermatopathology Society (ADS). He has published articles in numerous journals, including the Australasian Journal of Dermatology – a journal for which he now volunteers as a reviewer. He also serves as Associate Lecturer with Flinders University, teaching medical students of the NT Medical Program. Most recently, Dr. Tilakaratne has partnered with Menzies School of Health Research as an Honorary Clinical Fellow for research in the field of scabies.
Recognising that there was a huge need for Dermatologists in the NT, he established Darwin Dermatology, where he currently diagnoses and manages skin cancers and general Dermatology. Dr. Tilakaratne also provides his expertise to Royal Darwin Hospital where he holds the position of Staff Specialist Dermatologist. He co-founded Dermo Direct as a means to further extend dermatologic care to all Australians who struggle to access a Dermatologist.